Homœopathic Links 2015; 28(02): 092-094
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1549400
Materia Medica and Cases
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Instinct to Work: A Case of Formica Rufa

Anna Collins
1  Colorado, United States
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Publication Date:
29 May 2015 (online)


Typically when we work with kingdoms in homeopathy, we consider animal, plant and mineral separately…first identifying the themes in the case, then matching those to the broad themes of the three kingdoms and then the more specific themes of periodic table rows, animal species and plant sensation. This case reflects an expansion of this kingdom approach based on work by Dr. Shachindra and Dr. Bhawisha Joshi. The client is a woman with an obsessive need to work, even as she ages, develops physical structural problems and exhausts herself. For many years, remedies of Row 4 of the periodic table helped her tremendously…and yet never quite cleared the unhealthy patterns she had. The Joshis recognised that similarities exist in the patterns of mineral kingdom rows and patterns of various animal species. Using this paradigm, the client experienced a deep and lasting improvement in her overall health after doses of a ‘Row 4 animal’, Formica rufa.